Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Medal Of Honor Recipient USMC Cpl. Kyle Carpenter (Ret.) will lead the pre-game cheer on the field of Williams-Brice Stadium for Thursday's Gamecocks season-opener against Texas A&M.
The University of South Carolina made the announcement Tuesday on their website.
Carpenter is now attending USC, attempting to go about life as a regular college student, however, the Congressional Medal Of Honor presented to him by President Obama will forever keep him in the spotlight in some way.
Besides the Medal Of Honor Ceremony at the White House with the President, he's thrown out the first pitch at baseball games, he rang the opening bell on Wall Street, and had countless speaking engagements and question-and-answer sessions with the international press.
Out of all these, being on the field at Williams-Brice will make this Marine nervous.
Never mind he put himself between a grenade and his fellow Marines. Facing down 80,000 Gamecocks Fans (along with those token few Texas fans that make the trip, including the Texas Governor,) appears to be giving Carpenter a little butterflies.
"Out of all the stuff I've been fortunate enough to do, this is the only thing I've been nervous about," Carpenter told Gamecocks Online. "It's not like I have to do anything other than scream into the microphone and let the crowd handle the rest. I love South Carolina, and I just want to do a good job. I'm really excited about it."
Carpenter's outlook on daily life, especially now as a Student attending the University Of South Carolina, was definitely changed by his time in the Marines, Afghanistan, and on his long road to recovery from injuries he suffered in his heroic act.
"There's a professional side and student side of my life," Carpenter said. "People recognize me on campus, and I'm very honored by that. They understand and treat me just like any other student who is trying to get an education. It's more of when I get done with school and then fly out to California or Washington, D.C., to go speak to people - that's when I can tell things are really different for me. It's all good stuff, but it's definitely an adjustment."
We look forward to Cpl. Carpenter's lead for the "Game-Cocks" chant prior to kickoff, however, we anticipate the extremely vocal 80,000 fans at Williams-Brice, who always have shown great honor to members of the Military in attendance of Gamecock games, may not give him a chance to start.
The cheer for Kyle at Williams-Brice will be heard 'round the world Thursday afternoon.